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Breastfeeding is the best first food for all babies. The Ministry of Health recommends that babies are exclusively breastfed for the first six months. After six months, breast milk is not enough on its own for a baby to grow and develop.  Therefore breastfeeding should be continued until a baby is at least one year old with the addition of solid food from six months.  Breastfeeding helps lay the foundations of a healthy life for a baby and also makes a positive contribution to the health and wider wellbeing of mothers and whānau/families.

Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service is committed to fostering the development of environments that support a healthy lifestyle. For more information on how Toi Te Ora supports the normalisation of breastfeeding in public spaces for breastfeeding mothers and their babies, visit our Breastfeeding Friendly project webpage.

For information on breastfeeding, please refer to the following links:

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